The status of authorised economic operator (AEO) was granted Saturday to 19 enterprises under agreements signed at the headquarters of the Directorate-General of Customs. This brings the total number of AEO certified enterprises to 154. The OEA status is granted to any enterprise operating in Tunisia and involved in the international movement of goods while meeting such criteria such as Customs compliance, management of commercial records, financial solvency and appropriate security and safety standards over the last three years. The status offers many advantages in international business, mainly the immediate removal of goods, a single interlocutor, customs declarations before the arrival of goods, said spokesperson for the Directorate-General of Customs Colonel Major Haythem Zaned . Certified enterprises also access simplified customs clearance procedures and are given priority in customs declaration processing. . The number of customs declarations filed by authorised economic operators hovers around 100,000 in 2022, that is 10% of total declarations in border crossings. The increasing number of certified businesses will help give impetus to investments and foreign trade transactions in Tunisia. Director-General of Customs Najet Jaouadi said bilateral agreements will be signed with different administrative structures so as to offer target businesses new advantages in relation to technical control procedures during import or export.
Source: Agence Tunis Afrique Presse